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Electrostatic - Lightning Brewery

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lightning Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: radshoesbro on 10-20-2008)
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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jdmandel, Jul 08, 2012
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2.3/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Small Bar in SD

A - Amber colour with an off white head. Chill haze is present.

S - Hard to really get anything. Some spice but not much complexity.

T - Eh, its got some booze in there and the large grain bill makes this kinda syrupy. Overall kinda dull and overwhelmed by the alcohol.

M - Somewhat syrupy as above.

O - Not my cup of tea for a farmale. I was looking for more yeast character and complexity. This was a bit of a mess with garbled flavours.

Dijeriduster, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of scottoale
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber with a standard Lightning wrap around label, 4-color graphics and no freshness date or code and a silver pry-off cap.

Pours a bright, slightly hazy apricot-orange gold with a finger of white foamy head that dissipates quickly to almost nothing.

Spicy sweet nose full of yeasty notes, pale pils malts and wheat. Pepper, banana and coriander stand out in this brew.

Very sweet and spicy with lots of sugar. The yeast has lot of complex quality that keep this spicy ale lively. Good flavor overall with the balance heavy on the sweet side. Medium plus body with the alcohol quite subdued for a 10 percenter. A nice potent offering for this style thats easy to throw back. Next.

scottoale, Nov 25, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

yokken, Mar 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

wattershed, Nov 16, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into tulip appears as a hazy grapeftuit-orange color, large head dissipates rather quickly.
S: Yeasty, boozy, with some sweetness and fruit
T: Taste a malty sweetness with some fruit, yeast, and alcohol.
M: Full bodied with good carbonation
O: An interesting beer, at first I found it too boozy but then it mellowed and more complex flavors came through. My first Biere de Garde style and since I have a few bottles I plan on aging them to see what happens.

FremontBar, Feb 03, 2013
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3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's quite a mouthful of flavor and the sugary-sharp-bitter-funk is powerful along with the alcohol. Orange amber in the big tulip glass with a lovely creamy head. Quite carbonated in the mouth, perhaps more than I really want. Adds a little much of the seltzer flavor, but it helps the medicine go down. This is so sweet, and it seems to get sweeter as you sip. Maybe the sugar is accentuated by the yeasty, fruity flavors. Scent of leather, stewed fruit, sweat.

Fine for sipping slowly. And not a lot at a time. I am unconvinced that this is a style that needs the Imperial treatment.

mactrail, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of number1bum
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this bottle awhile back from BeerTruth. Shared with myrmnngjckt and I'm glad I did because a whole bottle would have been hard to finish on my own.

Pour is a hazy golden color with about an inch and a half of off-white head. Keeps pretty well - mostly full lace and some webbing on the sides.

Smell is sweet, musty, spicy. Sweeter than I'd like, although there is enough spice and herbal qualities to compensate. Interesting...

Meh, ok, the sweetness in the nose translates into more sweetness on the palate. Too much. It's cloyingly sweet at times, with some herbal, grassy, spicy and yeasty qualities that poke in enough to save it somewhat, but at the end of the day it's just too damn sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and the sweetness is just too much. None of the crispness or dryness that a saison should offer. It's sticky sweet like an overly sweet tripel.

This was a tough one. Way too sweet, and a good example of why 'imperial' and 'saison' don't belong together. None of the crispness or dryness that makes a saison so refreshing and cleansing. If this were toned down it would be somewhat drinkable. As it is now, the sweetness kills it and it's just too much. I wouldn't come back.

number1bum, Jan 21, 2010
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shutter, Aug 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a nice cloudy orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger foamy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, corinader. The taste is malty, sweet, yeasty, with some corinader. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice Saison, quite high on the ABV, so it's got some punch. My first from this brewery, thanks Bill.

Wasatch, May 22, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

heresy22, Jan 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

zestar, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at 51 degrees, courtesy South Bay Drugs.

Pours cloudy gold with a half inch head of white foam. Retention was short-lived and the froth dropped to reveal a placid surface with zero lacework.

Aromatics lead off with doughy malt, spices, bannana, and honey. Cloves, white pepper, bubblegum, and crushed mint follow through.

Light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. A bit tacky and syrupy with low carbonation.

Bannana skins, biscuity malt, clovey phenols, and honey start the palate. A warming kick quickly steps up and peppery spice helps the brew approach a higher level of heat.

Finishes with hints of cut grass, pungent cloves, sweet honey, and warming alcohol.

Definately a big beer. The clovey phenols and spice are a bit much and the alcohol is almost hot. Carbonation is low, especially for style.

brewandbbq, Jan 18, 2009
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange with a finger off-white head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet grainy and pilsner malts with Belgian yeast, banana, spices, lemon zest, and bit of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet grainy and pilsner malts with some lemon zest citrus hops and some coriander. Through the middle, some more Belgian yeast flavor comes through with some banana, clove, and more coriander. The finish is a mix of Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, spices, sweet grainy malts, lemon zest, and a touch of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, spicy, and estery finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice Bière de Garde. Good balance of yeast flavors and body and malts.

ngeunit1, Nov 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

RochefortChris, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of radshoesbro
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i've never dipped into this style before, so i can't say how it compares to any others in this style, but i did like it.

had this on tap at main tap tavern. pours a nice golden hue with a good frothy head. smells very floral and lighter than i expected for something with such a high alcohol content. tastes much lighter than i expected. the alcohol is barely present and this goes down quite easily. good floral hops round this out and make it a very nice little ale!

EDIT:

I aged a bottle of this for about a year, and it did some pretty wonderful things. it actually tastes sort of similar to FFF's rabid rabbit, but with more citrus.

i've since had plenty of saison's and this is a good one, and on top of that the best beer lightning has ever done (and quite possibly will ever do).

radshoesbro, Oct 20, 2008
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4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice orange gold color with constantly swirling bubble stream. Frothy 2+ fingers of light cream head. Excellent retention and thick, chunky sheets of lace.

Nose is spice and dry fruit. Arid. Light coriander and orange peel. Nice and not overstated. A bit of hop slips in with the oranges.

Not a big farmhouse fan and was a bit put off by the nose. The taste made up for that. Light spice still there, but bigger orange and lemon zest flavors. Dry finish with a touch of sweetness. Not much hop bite, but what is there touches on a Belgian pale. No sign of the abv, but I can feel it.

Feel is smooth, but not quite thick enough for the abv or the flavor. A touch cloying in the finish.

Overall, the feel brings it down a notch but still a pretty tasty glass.

beer2day, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22 OZ bomber for $5.99 from Olive Tree Market here in OB and poured it into a Brouwerij 't Ij branded tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber hue with golden edges, a light effervescence, small amounts of sediment, fluffy off-white head, with some lacing.

S: Big blast of sweet malt and spice up front, banana and other tropical fruits, farmhouse yeast with a slightly boozy and bready finish.

T: On point with the nose - banana bread with spices, sweet biscuit, with a bit of hot booze at the very end. Good but not all that interesting.

M: Medium to full-bodied brew, very well carbonated, slightly syrupy and chewy, finishing with some heat from the booze - they're definitely not hiding that 10%!

DeanMoriarty, Aug 30, 2011
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Electrostatic from Lightning Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.